Director of OSCE/ODIHR proposes a recount of referendum votes
OSCE/ODIHR Director Michael Link proposed a recount of the votes in Sunday's constitutional referendum in Turkey to increase the weakened confidence in the electoral process.
The Director of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Michael Link proposed a recount of the votes in Sunday's constitutional referendum in Turkey.
Speaking to newspaper Heilbronner Stimme, Link stated that a recount of the votes would certainly increase the weakened confidence in the electoral process. He noted that the OSCE has no mandate to interfere with the decisions of the Supreme Election Board in Turkey.
Link further said he regretted that the Turkish government had declared that it wouldn't respect the OSCE report, noting that; “If President Erdoğan does not show himself willing to cooperate, the political situation in Turkey will continue to sharpen.”
Link stressed that their reports are evaluated not only by the OSCE, but also by the EU, the Council of Europe and the United Nations, and they serve regularly as a reference, adding: “If Turkey does not cooperate with the OSCE in the recommendations of the election observers, this would certainly be criticized by other states and organizations and would not remain without consequences politically.”